We have prepared a list of frequently asked questions below to help answer the most common questions that new patients to naturopathic medicine may have. If your question is not answered below, please don’t hesitate to contact us
1. What is naturopathic medicine?
Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional natural forms of medicine. Naturopathic Medicine is the art and science of disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention using natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, acupuncture and lifestyle counseling. The primary goal in naturopathic medicine is to discover and treat the root causes of disease, rather than just simply treat the symptoms. A naturopathic doctor views all aspects of an individual including physical, mental, emotional, environmental, genetic and lifestyle factors. Naturopathic doctors complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals and refer patients to other practitioners when appropriate.
2. What is the difference between naturopathic medicine and homeopathy?
Naturopathic doctors are general practitioners of natural medicine. They are trained to diagnose, treat and prevent disease using a variety of natural therapies including botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, acupuncture, lifestyle counseling and homeopathy. A naturopathic doctor may use homeopathy as one of their approaches to treatment, a homeopath would only use a homeopathic therapy. Naturopathic doctors have eight years of postgraduate training that includes four years of university as well as four years of full time study at an accredited naturopathic medical college.
3. Is naturopathic medicine backed by research?
Naturopathic medical therapies have a long history of safe, effective use that is supported by strong evidence based research. For example, nutritional medicine is well supported by carefully designed scientific clinical trials. Many herbal medicines also have an extensive history of traditional use that is validated by current medical research. Furthermore, the direct link between diet, stress and many health conditions is well documented in scientific journals. The evidence base supporting the safety and effectiveness of naturopathic medicine continues to grow daily as new scientific findings are included.
4. Do I need to leave my family doctor if I want to become a patient with Simmonds McMurrer?
Naturopathic doctors complement and enhance health care services provided by other health care professionals including your family doctor. They cooperate and refer to other branches of medical science for diagnosis or treatment when appropriate. Naturopathic doctors provide patients with a truly integrative form of health care.
5. What if I am taking prescription medicines – can I still receive naturopathic treatment?
Naturopathic doctors are trained to understand the effects of prescription medications in the body and the interactions between prescription medications and natural therapies. With this knowledge, a naturopathic doctor can safely prescribe natural treatments that will work to enhance the effectiveness, reduce the side effects and rebalance any deficiency from your prescription medications.
6. Will my visit to a naturopathic doctor be covered by my provincial health plan?
Visits to a naturopathic doctor are currently NOT covered by provincial health plans. Most extended health care plans do cover the cost of seeing a naturopathic doctor. It is important to check with your extended health care provider to determine the amount of your naturopathic coverage.
7. Where can I learn more about naturopathic medicine?